Top IT official: Disabling security for Clinton server laid out ‘welcome mat’ for hackers

by Catherine Herridge & Pamela K. Browne |  |  published on June 26, 2016

A 2010 decision temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Hillary Clinton’s private server effectively laid out a “welcome mat” for hackers and foreign intelligence services, a leading IT official who oversaw computer security at the Defense Intelligence Agency told Fox News.

“You’re putting not just the Clinton server at risk but the entire Department of State emails at risk,” said Bob Gourley, former chief technology officer (CTO) for the DIA. “When you turn off your defensive mechanisms and you’re connected to the Internet, you’re almost laying out the welcome mat for anyone to intrude and attack and steal your secrets.”

He was referring to revelations from new court-released documents in a lawsuit by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. They show the State Department temporarily turned off security features in 2010 so that emails from then-Secretary of State Clinton’s personal server would stop going to the department’s spam folders.

Gourley, who has more than two decades of cybersecurity experience and is now a partner with strategic consulting and engineering firm Cognitio, noted the Russians did breach the State Department system at some point – though it’s unclear when, and whether disabling the security functions in 2010 played a role.

He said, though, that when the Russian presence was detected in 2014, there were indications “they had been there for quite a while … [and] also hacked into unclassified systems in the White House.” He said the Russians would have tried “everything possible to get in.”

  • justinwachin

    Hillary Clinton has done more to help the enemies of the United States than we realize thanks to her sloppiness. I wonder how much Russia contributed to the Clinton Foundation in appreciation for opening the doors to the government’s email system.

  • rayser711

    Everyone knows what she is……They have her dead to right.They will all look like @-holes if they continue to do nothing. A person……Any person who votes for Benghazi Hillary is no better than she !

  • Climax

    If the justice department really wants to know all the emails that Hillary “cleaned” from her server, we can just ask Russia or China for a copy of it. Surely they have it all, and are probably laughing their butts off at what they have found that they can blackmail her with if she ever became POTUS. She has been compromised 100%

  • bobnstuff

    So, what do we know about Bob Gourley? We know he wrote a book that he is pushing. We know he worked for the government sometime under GW Bush. He has won some awards and my be very good. We also know that in this case he is guessing about what went down since he had left government service three years before it happened. Can anyone here tell me what the scam filter is? You have one on your computer, it sends mail to your junk mail file. Have you ever turned it off? The security function that was turned off was the one that sends bulk mail to your junk mail box. It also catches unknown senders. This was the problem Clinton was having. They had to go into the State Dept. computer system and add Clinton’s address to their address book so it would stop bouncing her mail into the junk mail file. How long does it take for you to add an address to your address book? That’s how long they would have had the spam guard turned off. For anyone to use this to hack the State Dept. system they would have to know when it was being done. I wonder why Fox didn’t get into this detail? I’m no IT guy and I could be wrong but this is what I have been able to find out. With Hillary’s stands on issues why are they wasting our time nit picking her Email? Can’t they find any problems her plans for running the government? I guess Fox’s motto should be if your can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with BS.

  • original ancestry

    Prison. Throw Her criminal ass in Prison, TODAY

  • ToniStimmel

    So that US soldier who divulged all those crypt secrets will be able to come home because he only let the friends of the US know what the US government was really doing. The enemies of the the US already knew all that because they got it fresh from that horse’s ass, Hellery Rodman Clanton, Secretary of State in Obozo’s FUBAR administration.

  • snowyriver

    How many coincidences do you need before you realize this was intentional ??

  • marlio

    I think she let Russia and China know she had a private server, so they could hack into it, if they wanted.

  • ADRoberts

    FAce it. It was more important to Hitlery to hide what she was doing from the AMERICAN public and the government archives, than to hide it from hackers and our real enemies.

  • Robert Braun

    Her emails would’ve been much more enticing if hackers knew that her servers were unclassified. A poor job of after the fact rationalization. (You’re fired.)

    • ADRoberts

      What? Irrational. How can you claim that just being “unclassified” would make her computer less of a target?
      Explain how this is “after the fact” rationalization.

      • Robert Braun

        As Secretary of State, one could presume she had sensitive information.

        • ADRoberts

          First you would have to access the emails. Then you would have to determine that you had HER emails.
          Then you would have to be a person on a mssion, after HER emails.
          No, Not more enticing. Just the usual hackers for foreign government.
          And she, thinking that NO protection was going to make it safe. LOL

  • Dolores Adams

    Hillary Clinton needs to be indicted for this. She has put the security of the U.S. at risk.

    • Rodney Steward

      She should be, but won’t, she is one of the Gods and they are above the law! And this whole administration has put this country at risk! This administration has made the civil war look good!

    • ToniStimmel

      Putting security at risk is telling an uncleared person without a Need to Know a secret or worse, the contents of an encrypted message. Petraeus put security at risk when he told secrets to his biographer as background info, not for publication.

      Hellery trashed the security of the USA by effectively putting our enemies on the State Department’s email list.

    • Climax

      The American people know this, They also suspect that she is at the bottom of numerous beaches of the law from Rico Act violations to ethics violations but never the less, with the NWO biding the people still want this career criminal to run this country right into the ground and destroy it just to have a female at the controls. Stupid does as stupid is.

      • Dolores Adams

        I used to have a pamphlet that listed all her scandals and now can’t find it. I know she has been corrupt for a very long. Also I heard Judge Jeanine Pirro speak and she said she may not get indicted. I sure hope she is wrong. She is not above the law.

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